Valverde wins Ruta del Sol prologue

Spaniard beats Spilak and Farrar in San Fernando

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) scorched to victory in the prologue of the Ruta del Sol, beating Simon Spilak (Katusha) into second place on the 6km course in San Fernando, while Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) came home in third.

Valverde won the race overall last year shortly after returning from suspension for his links to blood doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, and he got his defence off to the perfect start on the straightforward, out-and-back course, finishing two seconds ahead of Spilak and four ahead of Farrar.

"To be honest, I'm the first one who is surprised about this result," said Valverde. "My condition was good, but I made the course 20 seconds faster than last year, and that's a huge improvement. I knew the course and only watched it by car today; I didn't do a bike recce, but I found good legs right from the start.

"This victory is important for my confidence, especially because it's a time trial. That means the work we're doing on the TT bike is paying off already. There's still huge room to improve, but we're on the right track."

The early pace-setter was Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Jack Bobridge (Blanco) was among the riders unable to better his time of 6:56. Bobridge’s Blanco teammate Robert Gesink also failed to make an impact (he lost 43 seconds), and Belkov’s time stood unchallenged until first Farrar and then Spilak took the start and passed him on the leaderboard.

Of the later starters, Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) was a notable performer, clocking a fine time of 6:50, which would be enough for 4th place come the end of the stage.

Ultimately, however, it was Valverde, the last man off, who had the final say. The Spaniard gauged his effort well and stopped the clock in 6:46, enough to put him two seconds clear of Spilak and take the first red jersey of the race.

The Ruta del Sol continues on Monday with a 164km stage from San Fernando to Ubrique.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:46 
2Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha0:00:02 
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:04 
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:00:06 
6Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:09 
7Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:10 
8Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha  
9Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM  
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:11 
11Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
12Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:12 
14Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana  
15Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana  
16Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha0:00:13 
17José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
18Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha  
19Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
20Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:14 
21Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
22Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:15 
23Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos - Shimano0:00:16 
24Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:00:17 
25Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
26José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:18 
27Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
28Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM  
29Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana  
30Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil - DCM0:00:19 
31Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
32Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
33Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Argos - Shimano  
34Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
35Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
37Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha0:00:20 
38Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:21 
39Iker Camaño (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
40Maurits Lammereink (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM0:00:22 
41Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
42Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
43Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
44Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:23 
45Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling  
46Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural  
47Clement Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba Superano Ham  
48Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:24 
49Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural  
50Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun0:00:25 
51Xavier Florencio (Spa) Katusha  
52Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM  
53Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
54Rafael Valls (Spa) Vacansoleil - DCM0:00:26 
55Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural  
56Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural  
57Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
58Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
59Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:27 
60Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun  
61Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
62Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp  
63Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
64Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura  
65Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:28 
66Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
67Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp - Endura  
68David De La Cruz (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
69Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:29 
70Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
71Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana  
72Juan J Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
73Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:30 
74Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
75Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
76Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:31 
77Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
78Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Argos - Shimano  
79Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM  
80Rubén Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team  
81Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun0:00:32 
82Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
83David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling  
84Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
85Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:33 
86Mikel Landa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:34 
87Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
88Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun  
89Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:00:35 
90Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:36 
91Moisés Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
92Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:37 
93Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
94Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
95Marcos García (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:38 
96Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana  
97Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha0:00:39 
98Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura  
99Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
100Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun0:00:41 
101Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba Superano Ham  
102Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural  
103Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
104Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:00:42 
105Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos - Shimano  
106Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
107Niels Van Dorsselaer (Bel) Colba Superano Ham0:00:43 
108Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
109Victor Fobert (Fra) Colba Superano Ham  
110Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling  
111Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:45 
112Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:00:46 
113Aron Kremer (Ned) Colba Superano Ham0:00:50 
114David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:51 
115Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
116David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:00:55 
117Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
118Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:01:01 
119Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:03 
120Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:04 
121James Mowatt (Aus) Colba Superano Ham0:01:05 
122Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana0:01:08 
123Steve Bekaert (Bel) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:01:09 
124Sven Jodts (Bel) Colba Superano Ham0:01:13 
125Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
126Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:49 
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:46 
2Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha0:00:02 
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:04 
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:00:06 
6Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:09 
7Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:10 
8Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha  
9Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM  
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:11 
11Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
12Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:12 
14Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana  
15Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana  
16Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha0:00:13 
17José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
18Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha  
19Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
20Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:14 
21Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
22Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:15 
23Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos - Shimano0:00:16 
24Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:00:17 
25Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
26José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:18 
27Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
28Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM  
29Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana  
30Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil - DCM0:00:19 
31Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
32Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
33Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Argos - Shimano  
34Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
35Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
37Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha0:00:20 
38Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:21 
39Iker Camaño (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
40Maurits Lammereink (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM0:00:22 
41Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
42Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
43Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
44Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:23 
45Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling  
46Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural  
47Clement Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba Superano Ham  
48Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:24 
49Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural  
50Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun0:00:25 
51Xavier Florencio (Spa) Katusha  
52Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM  
53Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
54Rafael Valls (Spa) Vacansoleil - DCM0:00:26 
55Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural  
56Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural  
57Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
58Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
59Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:27 
60Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun  
61Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
62Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp  
63Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
64Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura  
65Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:28 
66Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
67Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp - Endura  
68David De La Cruz (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
69Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:29 
70Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
71Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana  
72Juan J Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
73Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:30 
74Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
75Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
76Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:31 
77Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
78Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Argos - Shimano  
79Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM  
80Rubén Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team  
81Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun0:00:32 
82Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
83David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling  
84Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
85Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling0:00:33 
86Mikel Landa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:34 
87Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
88Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun  
89Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:00:35 
90Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:36 
91Moisés Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
92Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:37 
93Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
94Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
95Marcos García (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:38 
96Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana  
97Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha0:00:39 
98Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura  
99Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
100Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun0:00:41 
101Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba Superano Ham  
102Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural  
103Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
104Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:00:42 
105Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos - Shimano  
106Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
107Niels Van Dorsselaer (Bel) Colba Superano Ham0:00:43 
108Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
109Victor Fobert (Fra) Colba Superano Ham  
110Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling  
111Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:45 
112Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:00:46 
113Aron Kremer (Ned) Colba Superano Ham0:00:50 
114David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:51 
115Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
116David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:00:55 
117Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
118Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:01:01 
119Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:03 
120Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:04 
121James Mowatt (Aus) Colba Superano Ham0:01:05 
122Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana0:01:08 
123Steve Bekaert (Bel) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:01:09 
124Sven Jodts (Bel) Colba Superano Ham0:01:13 
125Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
126Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:49 

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